MARK’S ARTICLES

Can Film Inform Our Politics?

By Mark Rodgers The Clapham Group is founded, in part, on the understanding that culture is upstream of politics.  As a Christian, I have a set of convictions that inform my politics (see Andy Crouch's excellent piece in Christianity Today on the Presidential race),...

Comic-Con Part 2

By Mark Rodgers Walking through Comic-Con in San Diego last month was like walking through the streets in Athens with the Apostle Paul. Myth stories were told in every book, displayed on every table, discussed in every panel and worn almost on every person.   ...

Comic-Con Upstream of the Conventions

By Mark Rodgers Malia Obama and I have at least one thing in common, we both agree that culture is upstream of politics. I have attended the last five Republican conventions, but this time opted for San Diego Comic-Con. She decided on Lollapalooza.  Dare I suggest...

Tim McGraw and Religious Tolerance

Some religions teach that there are many paths to God, and some teach that their path is the only way.  America has modeled unprecedented tolerance for religious faiths, no matter what they believe.  But this is no longer a given. My friend, Mark McKinnon, said that...

Politics, Propaganda and Pop Culture

Propaganda: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person; ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause. (Merriam-Webster) Pop...

Christmas Victim?

  By Mark Rodgers There are few seasons in America during which religion's place in the public square is as hotly debated as Christmas.  This year, however, the context has not just been church-state separation, but our culture’s growing victim complex.  ...

Hell. Is it Real?

By Mark Rodgers Last week Paris, the City of Love, was a battleground of Hell.   And it was real.  And most people say the rampant killing was an act of pure evil.  For a secularized West, there are no categories for hell or an encounter with evil.  The religious wars...

When Do You Stand Your Ground?

By Mark Rodgers Earlier this month another senseless school shooting stole the future from young lives.  The political responses to the mass shooting in Oregon ranged from the Lt. Governor of Tennessee calling on “serious” Christians to arm themselves, to President...

Our Heroic Redemptive Journey

By Mark Rodgers Heroes give us “a sense of the possible.”   -President François Hollande The everyman story of the American and British heroes risking their lives for others on the train from Amsterdam to Paris last week will live in our memory for a time, but is...

Dear Jack, Too

  By Mark Rodgers Several months ago I shared my reflections on Jack Heaslip, the traveling pastor for U2, whose death recently was compounded for the band by the unexpected death of their longstanding tour manager. This month, I sadly have to share my...

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U2’s Bono Calls for Humility in the Age of Trump

By John Hart (Opportunity Lives) In the age of Donald Trump, it seems many artists are determined to build a wall between the Left and Right and ask their patrons to pay for it. One voice calling for humility and reflection in a time of polarization is U2’s Bono, who,...

“Silence” Opens in Theatres!

It was six years ago that I learned about Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence, a story about the persecution of Christian converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring an apostate colleague back to faith, and the question of...

“Stepping Into Silence” Travels to Regent University

By Molly Connolly When we started the conversation with Wheaton College this past June about the possibility of designing an art exhibit around the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, we weren't quite sure where it would lead. Like so many other projects in our Silence...

Our Journey Through “Silence”

Six years ago the associate pastor at our church, Nace Lanier, alerted me to Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence about the persecution of Christians converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring back to faith an apostate...

Bridging Divides with Thanksgiving

By Molly Connolly The past few weeks have been a doozy- to put it lightly. What I sense from all sides (of which there are certainly more than two) is that people are tired, anxious and perhaps now, after a few weeks have passed, are feeling complacent and powerless...

Film Review: Arrival

By Michael Leaser Few filmmakers engage theological and metaphysical topics with as much dexterity and thoughtfulness as Denis Villeneuve. His 2013 psychological thriller Prisoners grappled with a father who recites the Lord’s Prayer at the film’s opening but then...

The Chi of IoT

By Mark Rodgers In late October I took a last minute, unplanned trip to China to speak to their national conference regarding the Internet of Things, which is a term that describes all of the devices that are connected to the Internet.   Following is the address I...

Can Film Inform Our Politics?

By Mark Rodgers The Clapham Group is founded, in part, on the understanding that culture is upstream of politics.  As a Christian, I have a set of convictions that inform my politics (see Andy Crouch's excellent piece in Christianity Today on the Presidential race),...